The New York Football Giants are stumbling through the early season again in 2014. Their inferior play thus far has become a reminder of the shortcomings that plagued the team last season. As if righting a sinking ship was not enough for Big Blue to handle, in come the undefeated Houston Texans and their $100 million man, J.J. Watt.
Seven head coaches are leading new teams this year. Three of those coaches have had experience and are with new organizations, while four will man the position for the first time.
James Franklin, 41, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there, replaces Bill O’Brien as Penn State’s newest head football coach.
Of the six coaches who were fired at the end of this season, each of them had quarterbacks with a quarterback rating placing them in the bottom half of the league.
PSU fans shouldn’t be upset that O’Brien took the Texans’ job. His two-season tenure at Beaver Stadium gave the Nittany Lions’ program something it hasn’t had for a long time. It gave it normal.
It gave it normal.
O’Brien, a former offensive coordinator for the Patriots, took on perhaps college football’s toughest job in January 2012, joining a school rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Christian Hackenberg threw two touchdown passes in his first college game and the freshman led Penn State to 23-17 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.
Williams took the Giants, but that wasn’t really her first choice. “I was rooting for the Dolphins,” she said. “We didn’t do so well.”
O’Brien said former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, who died Sunday, was “an icon in the coaching profession.” But he was also more than just a coach, O’Brien said in offering condolences.
Tom Brady tied an NFL playoff record with six touchdown passes as the New England Patriots crushed Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos, 45-10.
Some university trustees like the scheduled town hall meetings, but other Penn State supporters aren’t so sure about them.
Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will be Penn State’s first new head football coach in nearly a half-century, according to multiple reports.
The reality is that was almost four years ago, and much has changed as the Giants and Patriots prepare to meet for the first time in a regular-season game since Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz.